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Tina Crute

Before The Touch by karenina

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How beautiful this poem is. The upward view through the tress and the cursive, make this poem elegant. "Every moment shared fulfills a need." I love that line. Not just in personal relationships, but in all of them, we are bound by needing each other and appreciating moments.
Thanks for such a heartfelt look at what true love is and how it lasts into rocking chairs, at least for the wise who appreciate their fate!
Tina
Comment Written by Tina Crute on 14-Oct-2020

A Murder a Month: New Year by Bill Schott
Chapter 1 of the book A Murder a Month

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It's hard for me to describe how I felt reading this, but that's a good thing. I was so concerned with WHY Alexander was timing his disassembling of the hand gun, that I was not expecting him to get killed! I was rather expecting him to kill someone else., except that his formerly loaded gun was empty...what??? I was reading this out loud, no joke.
My puppy was whining because I wouldn't let her go outside and bark back at the three pit bulls behind our house. I had to read aloud to be able to concentrate on the story. I also said my exclamations out loud, lol. Great little story with a couple of surprises! I think it's harder to write a good short story than a long one, thus the six!
Will this really be continued or is that just a great ending for a great 200 word story?
I loved it!
Tina
Comment Written by Tina Crute on 14-Oct-2020

How It All Began by Katherine M. Kean

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This is a most creative dribble! I read it twice. I love that, after, "Tell Me a Story," you start with I imagine..."
To me, that is the whole point of this, imagination! I love that you are starting a story at the end with a humorous beginning. Who really knows how far and long ago anyhow, lol?
Great writing!
Tina
Comment Written by Tina Crute on 14-Oct-2020

Who Are The Maori People? by LisaMay

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As you describe all the considerations and changes imposed on the Maori, I got sad...It is as if they had no say as to whether they were true Maori or not, and they were not valued for who they are. " I can only imagine how it feels to be colonized, my land fought for, my way of life disrupted, my language and culture discouraged, and to be in the minority."
I cannot imagine this either, but the fact that you try to get to the heart of what we value and how we see people, and what minorities have gone through makes this one of the most worthy writes.
God does not see anyone as lesser than anyone, and since He is the most loving God, I will love as He does, to the best of my ability.
Thank you for sharing something that really matters.
Tina
Comment Written by Tina Crute on 14-Oct-2020

Poetry Like Autumn Air by Gloria ....

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This may be my favorite of yours! There are a million or so Autumn poems out there, so an original that "captures my fancy" like this is rare.
What I liked best...everything! The art, the leaf in motion, the villanelle perfectly done, the imagery, the phrases," The heart in which we store our visions' fare..." Fair would work also! This is full of beautiful words about beautiful poetry and beautiful Fall.
Tina



3rd stanza, first line...night('s) affair?
Comment Written by Tina Crute on 14-Oct-2020

Night Whispers by Sugarray77

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So dreamy, this is! My favorite line..."reveals a hushed layer where all things are true." This is how I felt for many years when I used to go outside in the pitch black to think. I love the personification of the Night, with a capital letter, that swathes you in dew and The Night Wind who tells you secrets. This poem is also imagery-rich and the art you chose is the perfect platform for it:)
Great writing!
Tina
Comment Written by Tina Crute on 14-Oct-2020

It Should be a Treat by poetwatch

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The art is scary, as it should be. Hell is a real and scary place. I am so glad you wrote this because I have been thinking all day about Jesus coming back. It makes me evaluate my time here on earth, and you know what? There is no more valuable thing to do before He comes, than to tell others about Him.
Great writing from your heart! Be safe and well and have a good "rest of the week:)
Tina
Comment Written by Tina Crute on 14-Oct-2020

Contemplation of Air by lyenochka

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What a thought-provoking poem. I love questions posed in poetry like that. It is that kind of curiosity that invites more poetry. I love the phrase from the Lord's prayer, "Our daily bread." It makes me remember, even more, to be thankful for air. There's so much the Lord does for us on a daily basis:)
I enjoyed this walk in the woods! Please be well and safe!
Tina
Comment Written by Tina Crute on 14-Oct-2020

Turn It On by Janice Canerdy

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I would vote for this:) I like the starkness of the art and the background and font that match perfectly. This makes it one creation, as if the art was made just for the words and vice-versa. Your rhyming is flow-y and musical, and it's easy to read this , even with song titles I don't know. It sounds like you were happy when you wrote it, lol! Good luck in the contest!
Tina
Comment Written by Tina Crute on 14-Oct-2020

I've not climbed mountains... by royowen

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I've been out a couple days and I read this first thing. Every poem you write about the Lord has deep meaning that gushes from your words and makes it so special. I can see that the Lord is using you, as you are a witness to His love and power. Your rhyming is to a steady beat and the message is clear. I love and respect your testimony and this poem:)
Be well,
Tina
Comment Written by Tina Crute on 14-Oct-2020


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